It is with much sadness that Southern 100 racing has learnt of the passing of Don Padgett on Monday 13th November 2017.
The names of Padgett’s of Batley have been synonymous with road racing for generations and during the period 1965 - 1980 the founding brothers Peter and Don and Peter’s sons Clive and Gary were regular competitors at the Southern 100 held every July on the Billown Course.
Peter and Don first lined up beside each other on the starting grid in 1965 - 250cc race on what were to become the famous Padgett Yamaha’s.
Peter rode each year up to and including 1970 with a best 8th place in the 350cc race of 1970.
Don continued up to and including 1977, although he took a sabbatical in 1968 & 1969, achieving his best results in 1972, with two podium places - 3rd in the 350cc race and 2nd in the Solo Championship Race.
Away from Billown, Don competed in the Manx Grand Prix between 1964 and 1977 finishing second in the 1974 Lightweight race. His last competitive ride on the Mountain Course was the 1984 Classic Junior Manx Grand where he finished 12th on an Aermacchi.
Don, who lived in Onchan was a regular visitor to the Billown Course - his Yorkshire dry humour will be much missed in the Paddock.
Southern 100 racing extends its condolences to the Padgett family and all connected with the racing fraternity at this sad time.
Photo shows Don on the Padgett Yamaha during the Southern 100 1977 - courtesy of Southern 100 Archive